Seizure Alert Dogs and Seizure Response Service Dogs
Alert, comfort and assist
Seizures can take different forms and affect people in many different ways. Seizure discharges are often referred to as electrical storms in the brain. Some people are aware of an oncoming seizure while others have no warning and the seizure starts with a loss of consciousness.
During a seizure, the person often blacks out or seems distracted and confused. Their senses are altered, and so smells, sounds, tastes, and sights might seem different. They may have a hard time talking and be unable to control their movements. Twitching and jerky movements might occur or the person could suddenly become very rigid, causing him/her to fall.
Once the seizure is over, some people recover immediately while others take minutes or hours to feel back to normal. A person might be slow to respond, seem confused, sleepy or dizzy. They might have memory loss, feel depressed, sad, upset, scared, anxious or embarrassed and frustrated. They might be bruised from a fall or impact on objects. They may be thirsty, have a headache or an urgent need to go to the bathroom.
What does the dog
do during a seizure?
Training is adapted to the person's needs
With so many variations, every seizure dog must be specialized for their specific person.
Although we can't guarantee the alert due to the different types of seizures and variations between people, our seizure alert dogs are trained to alert to an oncoming seizure. We've had a solid success rate so far with our very unique training methods. The alert gives time to their person to lie down and avoid injury. At Medical Mutts, we don't like to make claims that we cannot stand by and are currently involved in an international study on the subject with hopes to advance the knowledge and science in this field.
When the seizure happens, a seizure dog can be taught to:
Lie down against the person during the seizure to prevent injury and provide comfort;
Press a button to call 911 or a relative;
Get medication, food or a drink after the seizure;
Provide comfort and companionship;
Act as a brace to help the person get up.
In addition to their skills to help with seizures, our seizure alert dogs and seizure response dogs are taught all the behaviors required to pass the Public Access Test and meet or exceed the minimum standards of training established by the International Association of Assistance Dogs Partners (IAADP). You'll be able to safely and reliably take your service dog to work, to school, to the mall, restaurant etc.
What does science show?
A recent survey of the changes in quality of life of those who were living with a seizure alert dog or a seizure response dog showed that all of them reported improvement: 82% reported major improvements and 18% reported moderate improvements after they got their seizure dog. 59% of the dogs had spontaneously developed the ability to alert prior to a seizure over several months after placement. In general, seizure dog owners had more positive morale, less anxiety, more confidence and increased feelings of safety and independence.
"Our Service dog has made our lives more relaxed. She is learning to alert to our daughter's seizures and she has been a great companion. Medical Mutts has been very good with us and our training. They are understanding and help you with any situation that might come up with the dog. We could not ask for a better experience as far the understanding and compassion that
they are given our family.
They are amazing with the service dogs and they are also very good teachers. They help you learn the best way to teach your service dog."
"Barnaby has been such a wonderful addition to our family. He is so wonderful with Allie. They spend a lot of time cuddling and he lets us know when he feels she is upset or having a seizure. The training was spot on! Barnaby has been so well behaved.
I have already recommended Medical Mutts to several people. Great people! great service!"